|| I believe in spending every moment of my life making
a difference. Not the difference that is made by cleaning up a park
or by solving the AIDS epidemic and finding a cure, but the difference
that I wanted to make in my dad’s life. Since age five I have
been without my dad. That was when he and my mom got a divorce.
It was a raw, snowy April morning and I went to school, thinking it was a normal
day. I staggered into biology and plopped down in my seat. A half hour into class,
Mrs. Bolvin answered her phone. She told me that I had to go to the office. I
walked in and Mr. Jarvais, the vice principal, told me to head to his office.
He handed me the phone. “Hello?” It was my mom. She asked, “Are
you sitting?” I replied, “Yeah, why?” She said, “Mike
was just watching the news and saw that your dad was found dead in the woods
by Colby College.” I thought I was going to faint. I started to shake all
over and I just lost it in tears.
I only have a few vivid memories of time spent with my father, but I always felt
like he made a difference in my life whenever I hung out with him. When I was
about eight years old, I remember going on his boat and fishing in the Kennebec.
He used to let me wear his bug-eyed sun glasses, which made me feel cool. We
would go out on his boat for hours and catch fish, swim, and eat peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches. The last time that I saw him was at my grandfather’s
funeral. He did have the chance to say to me, “I love you and I want to
spend some more time with you this weekend.” I replied, “I love you
too and I can’t wait to see you soon.” I never saw him again, but
I will always remember those words because they remind me to spend every moment
of my life making a difference.
I have spent the last year thinking about his words and working toward my goal
in life: to improve the lives of myself and others. Remembering my dad has made
me want to continue learning about law, so that one day I can become a paralegal
or even a lawyer. I’ve made a difference in my mom’s life and as
well as my own because of my dad. I have helped my mom see that alcohol isn’t
something needed to relieve stress and I have made myself see that I can really
do anything that I strive to do.
No television show could have the difference that
my dad did in the little time that I spent with him. I cherish every memory and
word: the fishing, boating,
or playing. I want to have that same kind of impact on others.
My dad taught me to spend every moment in my life
making a difference.